Food

Healthy Snacking: Crispy Apple Chips

By Estefania Souza • March 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm


Remember when Mom tried to push the apple chips—when she tried to replace the crispy, greasy and salty potato chips with a more healthy snack? I do, and I hated it. I was rarely allowed to enjoy a bag of good old junk food unless I guilt-tripped one of my friends into giving me theirs. Maybe that is why now, as a twenty-something-year-old, I enjoy the healthy snacks in life—not to say that I do not crave a bag of Cheetos now and then.

Well turns out I found a recipe for apple crisps that not only pleases my palate, but would also make my mom proud. It is very easy to make and lends itself to experimentation. The apples can be sliced either by hand (which is harder but doable) or using a mandoline slicer. Before placing them into the oven, sprinkle the slices with anything from sugar and cinnamon, to chili powder or salt and pepper.

Apple chips

Make mom proud! | Photo by Estefania Souza.

Crispy Apple Chips (adapted from the Ktchn)

Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 2 hours including cooling.

  • 2 apples, I used Granny Smith, cored or not
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Sugar or Splenda (optional)
Apples

If you have any apples lying around, turn them into chips! | Photo by Estefania Souza.

  1. Preheat oven to 225 F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mandoline, slice apples into 1/6-1/4 inch rounds (or thinner depending on how crispy you want your chips to be). Arrange apple rounds on lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon and Splenda, or other seasonings.
Mandoline.

Use a mandoline slicer if you have one, but otherwise a sharp knife and skills will do. | Photo by Estefania Souza.

Slices on sheet.

The thinner the slices, the crispier the chip; sprinkle slices with desired spices before baking | Photo by Estefania Souza.

3. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until edges are crisp and apple rounds get wrinkly, turning rounds and sprinkling again halfway. Let cool and serve.

Chips in tin

Chips are best enjoyed the same day | Photo by Estefania Souza.


Estefania is passionate foodie and magazine lover. She could spend all day every day flipping through food magazines and dreaming of a kitchen equipped with everything from a pair SubZero refrigerators, to a professional KitchenAid electric mixer to a brick oven. Follow her on twitter @estefaniasouza